SOFIA - CSKA Sofia plans to offload every foreign player on the Bulgarian club's books and build a squad made up entirely of locals. "From now on our policy will be to rely only on Bulgarian players," the Sofia-based club's chief executive Ventsislav Zhivkov was quoted as saying in 7 dni sport daily on Tuesday. "Everyone in the club is convinced that this is right and will bring us success," he said, while admitting that it may be difficult to remove some foreign players that were still under contract. "You know that desire is one thing while realisation is another," Zhivkov added. Six overseas players have already left the 31-times Bulgarian champions in the past few months while CSKA are trying to sell or loan out the remaining members of its foreign contingent. Following poor performances by the national side in recent years, the Bulgarian Football Union ruled last month that first division clubs would be limited to a maximum of three non-European Union players to help nurture home-grown talent.
16 June 2009
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